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When is an art a knack?

There is an art to flying, or rather a knack. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss. … Clearly, it is this second part, the missing, that presents the difficulties.”—The Hitchhiker’s Guide

On the Art of Writing

I think there may be a metaphor in Douglas Adams Hitchhiker’s Guide for the knack of writing, at least as I practice it.

The Agincourt blog is proof positive that I insist on writing (albeit in 600 to 700 word chunks, my limit, apparently) and fail miserably; at least I do it with a high degree of consistency. I throw my self at the ground again and again and have yet to achieve flight.

Then I recall the old adage: “If at first you don’t succeed, you’re likely to get a lot of unsolicited advice.” Still waiting.


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